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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphood was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn't be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid.
  2. A rant about flying

    Some actual numbers regarding the original topic...i know, highly frowned upon in these parts... http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/mcgee/2014/09/24/airplane-reclining-seat-pitch-width/16105491/ adventurelad
  3. On-scene in San Francisco

    A few photos, to give you an indication of the view from Marina Green. All shot with a 105 mm zoom. First two are day 1, from the bleachers. #3 should be self explanatory (at Pier 27). #4 is day 2, from the ground at Marina Green...wasn't really that foggy, a bit of operator error on the camera! First time uploading photos...not sure how to upload more than 1 MB, so apologies for the small size.
  4. On-scene in San Francisco

    Just back from a fantastic weekend in SF, so I'll add my 2 cents... Watched from Marina Green both days...had bleacher tickets for the first day as we didn't know what to expect. The extra height is nice to be able to see over the jetty at SFYC. While the boats do get quite close (first mark rounding up to the first gybe/flybe, and quite often on the upwind), having access to the commentary and big screens was key to following the leeward end of the course. Second day we stood on the grass in front of the bleachers, but positioned so we could still see the big screens. We debated watching from Aquatic Park and/or Fisherman's Wharf, but decided the video / telemetry / commentary was a must. Didn't bring my camera to work to upload photos, but really good viewing from there. Would still recommend binoculars though. No need to buy beer at the Green as there is no bag search unless you are sitting in the pay seats. Saw people with bottles of champagne, etc. That said, we still splashed out for the nice stainless steel souvenir cups of beer (to be used for mules in the future!). We picked up yummy sourdough sandwiches from Boudin on our walk from Pier 27 to the Green (probably a 45 minute walk). There is also a shop selling New Zealand lamb and veggie pies in the Fisherman's Wharf area (at Pier 41, 'Cup of Love', http://www.yelp.com/biz/cup-of-love-san-francisco). Post race, day 1, we went to SFYC and it was packed. Waited what seemed like 10 minutes to get a beer, so just had one and moved on. Had to catch the flight home after day 2 so didn't get to hang around much. Fantastic racing, exciting to be there with all of the supporters, lots of cheering at each close crossing, at the start, etc. Spent ~15 minutes educating people on the rules after NZ got the penalty at the first mark rounding on day 2. Just a great atmosphere around town. Early reports of not much fan gear around town were definitely reversed on Saturday and Sunday, lots of Oracle and ETNZ gear, flags, etc. Had so much fun that the wife and I booked tickets to come back next weekend before we got on the plane home! Thank goodness for frequent flyer miles! Adventurelad
  5. Artemis?

    I am also surprised to see that the tiebars from the king post to the front beam still terminate midway along the beam... at the same failure point of AR1... considering the catastrophic failure of the beam in AR1 i would have expected a redesign... if you look at the arrangement of ETNZ and LR the tiebars terminate virtually at the beam to hull joint... The inboard location of the ties is to match the inboard position of the back stays .. the bracing is also terminated inboard to deal with the compression arising from the back stay and king post tie .. there are no bending loads applied to the rear beam with this arrangement .. I don't think the AR engineers are so incompetent that they would messed up such a simple system . Seems to me the vertical component of the backstay load is still applying a bending load to the rear cross-beam. No (or very little) bending in the transverse plane, but still plenty of bending in the vertical plane...